County Durham fuel poverty project targets energy efficiency

27th Jun 2012

More than one hundred properties in County Durham are to benefit from the installation of new energy efficient boilers under a major fuel poverty project aiming to tackle rising energy costs. 

New gas central heating systems will be a first for the properties, as work gets under way to replace existing inefficient electric storage heaters in 106 Hartlepool homes.

Community Energy Solutions (CES) was established by the Government to address affordable warmth issues, and has teamed up with Northern Gas Networks and housing company Guinness Northern Counties to update the heating systems in the Dyke House and Stranton wards. Happy residents will soon have access to instant hot water and gas central heating and enjoy the benefits of a more energy efficient home. Under the fuel poverty scheme tenants will be able to achieve lower home heating bills thanks to energy efficient new boilers and benefit from reductions in carbon emissions.

Previously without a mains gas supply, last month saw the gas pipeline extended to the 106 properties, enabling the installation of new gas central heating systems by Guinness Northern Counties over the next couple of weeks.

“Northern Gas Networks is committed to funding projects, like this one, which help our customers across the North of England to benefit from more efficient and cost effective energy solutions,” said Kevin Drake, Programme Manager for Northern Gas Networks.

Similar fuel poverty projects by Community Energy Solutions and Northern Gas Networks have so far helped more than 2,000 homes across the North East and Yorkshire.

Commenting on the partnership, CES Project Manager Chris Sowerbutts said:  “We are delighted to have passed the 2000 gas connection mark through the dedicated community project initiative, whilst working to assist Guinness Northern Counties and the residents of Hartlepool.”